Gaining Your Life Back Post-Rehab
By Sumeet Manhas
Many addicts don’t even make it through the entire length of the rehab stay. Some believe that they’re in recovery and have the will power to get back into the real world without relapsing, and others never wanted to get clean in the first place. If you’ve gone through and graduated from a residential treatment facility and are looking to continue your success, you might find comfort in an Intensive Outpatient Program in Los Angeles. Such a program will allow you to transition back to a normal life where you can get the remainder of your education or head to work without having to focus solely on staying clean. Part of living a normal life going to work, spending time with your family, and having good fun with friends. While you don’t want to dwell on your addiction and the fact that you’re a recovering addict, part-time treatment can help you stay on the straight and narrow.
Nexus Recovery in Los Angles offers an Intensive Outpatient Program. It’s designed specifically for recovering addicts who lead a busy life, but are still working through overcoming their addiction. The program is structured so that patients are at the facility for 3-4 hours per day 3-5 days per week. Many of the factors in the recovery are personalized and can be adjusted to meet the patient’s needs. Nexus notes that no patient is the same no matter if they have the same drug or choice or their background stories are similar. Because everyone requires a different amount of attention during treatment and various methods of recovery, Nexus keeps their clinician to patient ratio low. Each week, treatment plans are re-evaluated on an individual basis in order to determine the best plan of attack. At the boutique treatment center, patient feedback is always welcome, because if you don’t think you’re finding success, something needs to change.
IOP’s can utilize help from psychiatrists, therapists (individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy), case managers, experiential groups, holistic services, fitness counselors, and even career planners. The idea is to overcome the addiction even after being clean for some time. It’s a great feat that the patient was able to graduate from their inpatient facility, but the real test comes when they go home. That transition can be the hardest because the patient is put back in the environment where they began their struggle in the first place. Continual support through professionals and peers is a great way to lead a normal life.
The purposes of the different recovery support techniques are as follows:
- Career planners:
Treatment is going to be less intensive than in was at the inpatient facility, so there’s no better way to make a patient busy than to get a job or continue their education. Relapse happens when they have nothing to work for or begin hanging out with the crowd they used to hangout with. These professionals will help the patient build a resume, figure out what their passionate about, and set financial goals.
- Fitness counselors:
It’s not only important to stay clean, but also physically healthy. These professionals will teach them how to eat optimally and what type of activity your body needs to function. They may undergo a fitness assessment and even create their own health goals.
- Experiential groups:
These groups help patients engage in interpersonal relationships, and explore natural remedies for stress and anxiety that may serve as triggers to using their drug of choice. Things like yoga, mindfulness, and meditation are explored with these professionals.
Very often an addiction comes with a mental health condition that needs to be treated with psychiatry and medications. It’s unknown if these mental conditions lead to drug use or are caused by drug use, but it seems to be a little of both. In order for a patient to truly recover, all of their disorders need to be identifies and treated.